SILVERMAN and Majestic Theatre Condominium Association present
Paul Lempa: Icons of Sport
Opening Reception: Friday, March 7, 2014, 7 – 9 p.m.
The Majestic Theatre Condominiums
222 Montgomery Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302
Exhibition on view in the lobby from March 7, 2014 to June 28, 2014
Curated by Brendan Carroll, brendanscottcarroll.com
“I paint athletes, famous and not, from my own unique perspective, hoping to bring people into those simple moments, not just to observe them, but experience them along with me” — Paul Lempa
Paul Lempa, Say Hey Kid, 2013, Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 36 inches
SILVERMAN and Majestic Theatre Condominium Association present Paul Lempa: Icons of Sport, on view through June 30, 2014. Sport has inspired artists since ancient Greece. This exhibition presents a series of acrylic paintings on linen and canvas that feature iconic athletes from Babe Ruth to Wilt Chamberlin, Willie Mays to Serena Williams.
For the past decade, Lempa has meticulously painted portraits of iconic athletes. His paintings are based on old photographs that he finds on the Internet, as well as in old magazines, books, and trading cards. It’s hard to believe some of his paintings were made this century. Often, they feature baseball players in baggy jerseys, short pants, and high socks from the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. These works emanate a bittersweet yearning for a return to a simpler time in professional sports, when athletes played for the love of the game, not the size of their paychecks.
“I do extensive research when starting a painting, and use multiple resources, but usually one main image. Very rarely can you find one image that will give you all the information you need, so the supplementary images are usually facial close-ups that can help fill in the blanks. Once I settle on the main image, I sketch right on the canvas, more of an outline of where figures go, because most times I paint over the sketch anyway.”
Lempa’s portraits are as much about sports as they are about history.
“Many of my subjects performed in a time well before I was born and in places that may no longer exist. As an avid historian, I relish the opportunity to research these episodes to ensure the highest level of authenticity in my interpretations. With full-color photography scarcely available, I am also able to breathe new life into each scene and create my own vivid portrayals.”
Despite the rampant corruption, cheating, and scandals in today’s headlines, professional athletes continue to inspire us. Just like the subjects he paints, Lempa’s work captures the imagination of his audience.
“As a former athlete and an avid fan, I was always passionate about sports,” notes Lempa. “To be able use that passion to now capture some of these magical moments on canvas is a gift I am thankful for. To be able to share that passion with others, and have them connect to my art in their own way is an incredible experience.”
Paul Lempa is a nationally recognized artist. His work has been seen in museums, group shows, national publications, and featured on Topps baseball cards. The June 2011 issue of Beckett Monthly, the leader in sports collecting, called Lempa one of the “TOP 12 Artists to Collect” and he has show several works at the National Art Museum of Sport in Indianapolis, Indiana. He also participated in the 14th annual Fine Art of Baseball show at Krevsky gallery in San Francisco, CA, and his work can also be seen in the permanent collection at the Bergino Gallery in New York, NY. Recently, Bayonne Community Museum organized a solo exhibition of his work “Gridiron Greats: The NFL Portraits of Paul Lempa.” Paul and his wife, Deirdre, live in Jersey City with their four children.
The exhibition will be on view at Majestic Theatre Condominium through June 28, 2014. For further information, please visit us at SILVERMAN or call number (201) 435-8000.
Paul Lempa: Icons of Sport is the eighteenth exhibition that Brendan Carroll will organize for SILVERMAN.
For additional information, go here: Paul Lempa.
SILVERMAN has presented the works of Charlotte Becket, Roger Sayre, Karina Aguilera Skvirsky, Tom McGlynn, Margaret Murphy, Valeri Larko, Tenesh Webber, Glenn Garver, Jennifer Krause Chapeau, Michelle Doll, Tim Heins, Megan Maloy, Laurie Riccadonna, Thomas John Carlson, Tim Daly, Ann Flaherty, Scott Taylor, Jason Seder, Sara Wolfe, Beth Gilfilen, Andrzej Lech, Hiroshi Kumagai, Tom McGlynn, Victoria Calabro, Asha Ganpat, Darren Jones, Ryan Roa,Laura Napier, Risa Puno, Nyugen E. Smith, Amanda Thackray, and Kai Vierstra.